A light turnout is expected today as Democrats in Senate District 42 go to the polls to choose their candidate for the seat formerly held by Robert Ford.
Senate 42 Primary Info
For profiles of the candidates and other coverage of the Senate District 42 Democratic primary battle, go to postand courier.com/senate-42.
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the same places used for last November’s general election. (Polling places also may be found at postandcourier.com/senate42-polling).
The state’s new Voter ID requirements will be in effect, so voters should bring either a driver’s license or ID card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles; a state voter registration card with a photo; a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.
Those who do not have an ID may vote but first must sign a form stating why they could not get one of those photo IDs.
This Senate district was redrawn two years ago and stretches from some of West Ashley’s oldest neighborhoods to parts of downtown Charleston and up through North Charleston.
To find out if you’re in District 42 and eligible to vote, go to scvotes.org and click on the “Voters” and “Check your voter registration” tabs.
All absentee ballots must arrive in that office by 7 p.m. tonight.
The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers, with rain more likely in the late afternoon.
As of late Monday, 645 absentee ballots had been cast or requested, just more than 1 percent of the district’s 61,791 registered voters.
Overall, turnout is expected to be between 10 percent and 15 percent, said Joe Debney, head of Charleston County’s Board of Elections and Voter Registration.
The district stretches from old West Ashley neighborhoods north of Savannah Highway through peninsular Charleston and up through North Charleston to Dorchester County’s Patriot precinct.
The state’s new Voter ID law will be in effect, meaning voters must have a photo ID or sign a paper explaining why they don’t have one, but Debney said that is not expected to pose problems.
“With all people who have come in and voted absentee, we haven’t had an issue,” he said.
Voters will choose between Charleston lawyer Emmanuel Ferguson, retired jobs counselor Herbert S. Fielding, Charleston lawyer Marlon Kimpson, North Charleston businesswoman Margaret Rush, contractor Bob Thompson and former Charleston City Councilman Maurice Washington.
An Aug. 27 runoff between the top two finishers is expected.
Ford resigned in May, as fellow senators determined that he improperly used his campaign account for his own use. He said his health made him unable to fight those charges.
The winner will face off Oct. 1 against Republican real estate agent Billy Shuman and Libertarian Alex Thornton.
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.